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Did this trail Sept 10th, most amazing hike ever! Rented the boots and socks from Zion Outfitters the night before (they allow this after 3:00 PM) so I could start the next morning at sunrise. I caught the 1st shuttle out of visitor center, it was a full bus. When the shuttle reached the starting point of Temple of Sinawava I gave everyone a 10 minute start knowing that the next shuttle wouldn't arrive for another 15-20 minutes , this put a nice buffer between me and the crowds, for awhile. Definitely spend a few bucks on a dry sack, I lost my footing and went in at about 8.5 mile mark but my camera was dry. You can not visit Zion with out doing this one.

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1 day ago

INCREDIBLE! Started at 9am at the trailhead, and very thankful we did, as on the way down there were a TON of people heading up. The falls are beautiful even at their low levels. Saw a momma bear and her babies at the top of Vernal Falls beside Emerald Pool, and encountered them 2 more times, once between the falls and a third time at the top of Nevada Falls about 30yds away and they startled me pretty badly! Took the John Muir trail back down which was beautiful. Rested for about 2 hours total at the falls, plus the time to wait for the bears to cross our path the second time and not disturb them, it took us 6 hours total. Strenuous, and I could see it be much harder when there’s a lot of mist, but SO worth it. Will definitely be doing it again!

Wonderful views all the way. Highly recommend taking the John Muir Trail back down to avoid the knee grinding steps of the Mist Trail. We saw some juvenile bears pigging out in one of the treetops.

Beautiful intro to Yosemite for me! A nice variety of challenges and resting points. Some of the inclines pushed me pretty hard but the rewards to follow (getting to the top of the falls) made everything so worth it. Took us 7.5 hours, including a few well-deserved naps in pretty, sunny places. :)

Loved this hike!! I would highly recommend going all the way to Nevada Falls and taking John Muir down! A total of 9.4 miles! Beautiful from top to bottom! We saw a huge bear along the path as well! Amazing, solid, strenuous hike worth every step!!

on Mill Creek Trail

10 days ago

Really beautiful hike alongside the Mill River through so. many. trees! Maple, redwoods, Douglas fir...a tree haven. This trail is probably my all time favorite and will definitely continue hiking this trail every year.

Very difficult. Steps up are no joke. Take your time but the views at the top of each fall are very good. I recommend going earlier rather than later because the trail gets dry crowded.

Incredible waterfalls. Did this in February and they were flowing like mad.

Some amazing views, even when the waterfalls were at a low level. We even got super lucky and saw a bear and her two cubs at the top of Vernal falls! There were less people as the trail went on, start early and avoid the crowds at the start.

Awesome - was glad we came back John Muir trail! Crowded at vernal falls but pretty much had trail to ourselves to Nevada Falls. Spectacular views from top!

one of my favorite trails as we only reached vernal falls and went for a dip. water was freezing cold but durable and manageable.

My husband and I did 10 km of this hike on Sep 27th. We started at 7 AM to avoid the crowds. It was very cold and windy but it was sooo worth it, because on the way back it was sooo crowded. We couldn’t have gone as quickly as we did if we’d started late. The narrows is not sunny even at noon, so bring a warm jacket. We each had sturdy hiking shoes and a pair of trekking poles which helped a lot. We each had a waterproof phone case and it helped a lot to take photos as you might fall in the water. We put our stuff in a plastic bag inside our backpack. We also had gloves as it was cold and it helped with the grip on the poles. Definitely bring food and water. The water was max thigh level in the 10km. We checked the water level with a pole to avoid the deeper parts. Overall, it’s the best hike ever.

hiking
17 days ago

Tough hike, but the rewards are worth it. The views all along are sublime. Bring plenty of water, as you’ll need more than you think. It’s an arduous climb, so don’t be ashamed to stop and catch your breath and take in the scenery. Other folks will be stopping too. The stair portions are really tough, but push through the pain. Unfortunately we took the wrong turn coming down so we had to revisit the dreaded steps!

Not for your out of shape

I really like this trail, although I only did half. It is beautiful and one of God's masterpieces...

awesome adventure with a group over labor day weekend.

looking at the reviews, and others experiences we took our winter wool socks, old hiking shoes to get went, my hiking partner and other took tennis and old shoes. id say eaxh pwrson take both your hiking poles. i did fine with my hiking partnwr and one, but he said hed prefer for two.

now, the water will vary and i packed my bag with gallon size zippers and quart size. better to be safe then sorry. i left my phone at thw campsite both days for the weekend but will take a go pro next time.

water varies and we got into cheat deep water. im about 5'7" and still held my pack above my head to not get wet.

you need to be careful, lwarn your way around ans i follwed my feet. somw of the currents were strong and even though we were arm in arm at points you needed to be careful.

we didn't go all the way due to time. way too mny people ans we will go early next time to beat thw crowds or go in the off season.

unless you have no preperation and are not a hiker, then rent the stuff.
take some picture ans video because this is a experience you will want to document.

beautiful challenging trail

Did this in 2017 and a year on I am still convinced it is the best hike I have ever done. So rewarding on both ascent and descent and not just for the two falls. The scenery throughout is stunning. Hard to avoid the crowds but many don't proceed to Nevada. It is tough by virtue of its distance and constant, steady elevation gain but it is not a killer. Take your time and enjoy every step. It really will take some beating for me to find a better hike

tough but worth it!!!

Can’t wait to come back in spring

These two trails are awesome. Usually when I want to show someone Yosemite and bring them on a hike with me, I take them to these trails. Vernal falls is very amazing, especially in the late spring early summer. It has the most water late may! Taking the mist trail you get completely soaked. The first 1/2 mike of the trail is fairly easy, just lots of incline but on a paved path. The last part of it after the bridge is all stairs and water. So make sure you have boots that can track in water. Once you reach the top of vernal, you can relax on the pavement or choose to continue on to Nevada. Nevada is much harder to get to because it’s about 2-3 more miles of switchbacks. Bring lots of water for Nevada especially. These are 2 of my favorite trails in Yosemite!!!!

Start early in the morning (by 8am) to avoid crowds. We were there in mid-September and was not too crowded at that time, but was busy at the bottom when we were finishing up. Hard hike with a lot of vertical climb, but worth it for the views. Take the easier John Muir trail down for some added length and also for the views looking back at the falls you just climbed. Beautiful hike!

Hiked in early September out to Big Spring. DCF was 35 and ambient temperature low of 60 and high of 85. Water got thigh high in one location about half a mile from Big Spring. Conditions were great and the rented shoes, socks and pole were appreciated. Started at day break and had the trail mostly to ourselves after Orderville Canyon. A must do if in Zion NP. You will be wet and tired at the end but awe inspired

It was very good but gets to be more of the same pretty quickly. The walking stick turned out to be important.

Amazing hike. Make sure you rent boots and a walking pole from Zion Outfitters right outside the park. Best $24 I ever spent

We went in September. It was not too crowded or too cold. Water flow was low. Watch our for the rocks and sometimes the water was waste high but a great hike. You can go for as far as you like and turn around. There is a fork in the trail to the right as you go up. It’s a narrow canyon with little water falls and huge boulders. Worth the detour

The Narrows was one of the more rewarding hikes in Zion. I thought it was more difficult than the Subway hike due to the strong current and cloudy water, but that’s just my opinion.

There is beautiful scenery the entire length of the trail and you should definitely complete the full route. You’ll know when you get there by the views. There’s some light rock climbing involved, but nothing a moderately experienced hiker can’t handle. Standard hiking shoes and a walking stick will be all the gear you need.

Definitely start EARLY because it is one of the most popular routes and it gets quite crowded and you might stuck behind other slower groups.

Absolutely my favorite day hike ever!!!! The stairs to Vernal Falls were intense. Although still a challenge the hike to Nevada Falls was a bit strenuous. The view at the top was breathtaking. We were also able to see some climbers on Half Dome. Heading down via the John Muir Trail was a great choice, peaceful. This is a must do hike!

Very fun, but crowded hike. Go early to ensure fewer crowds. Gets pretty uphill towards the end

Now my 2nd favorite hike in the nation. Sorry, it will be hard to beat the continental divide trail in northern Glacier NP. Due to the drought there were no falls flowing in the valley that we say. Vernal, Illouette and Nevada are flowing however. So let's get to the list.

Total of 7.4 miles in 5.5 hours. Tough trail is you are not in shape due to the elevation change in the short distance

1. Arrive early. We arrived at 7am at the public parking lot and it was already over 3/4 full.
2. The public parking is almost 1/2 mile to the trailhead
3. There is free shuttle service from all visitor centers so if the parking is full, just back up to another parking area, grab a shuttle and be dropped off at the trail head
4. the first mile is all asphalt and steep 10% +/- grade. Once you past the first bridge crossing the trail becomes more dirt and rock. However, the trail at one time was asphalt all the way up to Nevada Falls, That residual asphalt is smooth and slippery from sand so be sure your hiking shoes have good soles
5. Stairs to Vernal Falls. Who made those things/ The last 1/2 mile is practically all stairs and most are 12-18" high.
6.Vernal Falls is flowing. The pool above the falls is absolutely gorgeous but you cannot swim in it or slid a slick rock slide into it.
7. From Vernal to Nevada is mostly a rock path that has been laid down. I would not call it stairs but does have steps. Much easier
8. Nevada Falls is flowing as well.
9. You can swim the pool at the top of Nevada Falls.
10. We came down the John Muir Trail which involves nothing more than crossing the bridge above the falls and following the signs to the valley floor. It added about 1/2 mile but the trail was much easier, in the SHADE. but spots of old asphalt were slippery from sand
11. 2 separate bear encounters on the John Muir at less than 10 yards each. They were on the side of the trail eating acorns and could care less we were just yards from them.
12. Despite being the 2nd week of Sept, it was very busy coming down. People waited until late morning and it was a solid ant line of people coming up. However, most were visitors from other countries.

Enjoy

LOVED THIS! No need to spoil your experience by telling too much. I am in fairly good shape and have experience in hiking, did this in my nikes with a walking stick. I saw people do it bare feet, but I can't recommend that. Prepare for a lot of work and wonderful views!

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